“It could have been worse. She could have claimed she was raped by a bottle of alcohol” – United Arab Emirates Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed al-Nahyan

Dubai rape Marte Deborah Dalelv

Marte Deborah Dalelv (EPA)

The United Arab Emirates has changed its rape law in the wake of a high profile case involving a Norwegian woman’s sexual assault claim in a Dubai hotel.

Previously, the law stated rapists can only be convicted if either the perpetrator confesses or if four adult Muslim males witnessed the crime.

Under the new law a rapist can be convicted if he confesses or the crime is witnessed by two adult Muslim males, a monkey, and “a guy in a wizard’s hat.”

Marte Deborah Dalelv was recently pardoned after being sentenced to 16 months in prison for having unlawful sex and illegally consuming alcohol. Dalelv was arrested after reporting she was raped by a colleague in a Dubai hotel.

The United Arab Emirates has been heavily criticized by rights groups for condoning sexual violence against women. Bob, from Cleveland, also criticized the UAE for “everyone long-ass names.”

Noting the serious charges of unmarried sex and liquor, UAE Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed al-Nahyan said Dalelv’s situation could have been worse.

“”She could have claimed she was raped by a bottle of alcohol,” he said.

In a 2012 case  involving Dubai, a British woman reported she was raped by three men and found guilty of drinking alcohol without a license. in 2010 another British woman claimed to have been raped by a hotel employee and was charged with public intoxication. And in 2008, an Australian woman claimed to have been raped and was convicted not only for the sex act but for drinking alcohol.

A Dubai hotel spokesman, Abuday Bin Corduroy Zaharei, blamed all the rape accusations on “the white bitches who drink.”

When Dalelv presented her rape claim to officers, she said they asked her if she called the police “because she didn’t like it (the sex).”

Zaharei admitted that he himself was once raped, at least by “America’s definition of rape,” but since he enjoyed it he didn’t seek to press charges.

A male worker at the hotel where Dalelv said he was raped “was deeply saddened” on what happened to her and other Western women in Dubai. The worker, who refused to give his name in fear of retribution, borrowed from a line Jack Nicholson’s Joker said in Batman: “Decent women shouldn’t come here. They’d be much happier somewhere else.”

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